Falmouth councillor's bin bag photo proves she is serious about seagulls

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth councillor's bin bag photo proves she is serious about seagulls Falmouth councillor's bin bag photo proves she is serious about seagulls

Knowing that the councillor in question has a sense of humour and is quite often the cause of much hilarity at Falmouth Town Council meetings, the Packet has decided to publish this photo which shows Diana Merrett going to odd lengths to demonstrate the size and strength of the new seagull proof sacks.

Every household in the Smithick ward of Falmouth is being given one of the sacks thanks to councillors Candy Atherton and Diana Merrett, who bought them using their council |community grants.

The distribution of the sacks has begun and people are being urged to use them to help combat the problem |of litter, which is usually found strewn around after seagulls have attacked bin liners left out for collection.

The sacks can hold up to six black bags and this was |demonstrated to residents who attended last week’s Arwenack police liaison meeting by Councillor Merrett, who decided to |clamber into one just to prove how big they are.

Laughter aside, a letter from Councillor Atherton was then read out in which she explained the |background to her action. She said: “Towns across the country that have used the bags have found they make a big contribution to keeping their town clean. I am hopeful this will be the case in Falmouth as well.

“Reducing the litter will help to keep clean-up costs down and make life more pleasant for us all.”

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2:36pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

That's symbolic.
That's symbolic. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe

3:18pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The bags are a very good idea and it is good that Councillor Diana Merrett and Councillor Candy Atherton have financed them from the local community grant, however, what happens about all the other wards? Would it not be a good idea to keep the whole town tidy, or is it just Smithick Ward that has a rubbish problem?
The bags are a very good idea and it is good that Councillor Diana Merrett and Councillor Candy Atherton have financed them from the local community grant, however, what happens about all the other wards? Would it not be a good idea to keep the whole town tidy, or is it just Smithick Ward that has a rubbish problem? Gillian Zella Martin 09

7:08pm Mon 2 Dec 13

juwhite says...

PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place.
Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be.
PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place. Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be. juwhite

8:32pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

PR, we get an excellent service from our local police, Helston, Falmouth and Camborne.
PR, we get an excellent service from our local police, Helston, Falmouth and Camborne. Gillian Zella Martin 09

6:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

molesworth says...

Call me old fashioned but I use a dustbin. And I've never had a problem with gulls. Won't these bags just blow away when they've been emptied. Sorry, just asking...
Call me old fashioned but I use a dustbin. And I've never had a problem with gulls. Won't these bags just blow away when they've been emptied. Sorry, just asking... molesworth

10:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

molesworth wrote:
Call me old fashioned but I use a dustbin. And I've never had a problem with gulls. Won't these bags just blow away when they've been emptied. Sorry, just asking...
I use a wheelie bin, however, I suppose some people may have a storage problem or find using a dustbin inconvenient, like some of those that live in flats or terraced properties.
I believe the bags are similar to recycling bags although obviously larger, recycling bags tend to blow away when empty despite being weighted at the base, but the gull proof bags for rubbish must surely be a better option than unprotected rubbish.
It is good to see a town council trying to address a rubbish issue.
I suppose one could always add a brick to the bottom of the bag to weight it down, or tie the bag to something. Providing of course one of the refuge collectors didnt drop the brick on their foot.
[quote][p][bold]molesworth[/bold] wrote: Call me old fashioned but I use a dustbin. And I've never had a problem with gulls. Won't these bags just blow away when they've been emptied. Sorry, just asking...[/p][/quote]I use a wheelie bin, however, I suppose some people may have a storage problem or find using a dustbin inconvenient, like some of those that live in flats or terraced properties. I believe the bags are similar to recycling bags although obviously larger, recycling bags tend to blow away when empty despite being weighted at the base, but the gull proof bags for rubbish must surely be a better option than unprotected rubbish. It is good to see a town council trying to address a rubbish issue. I suppose one could always add a brick to the bottom of the bag to weight it down, or tie the bag to something. Providing of course one of the refuge collectors didnt drop the brick on their foot. Gillian Zella Martin 09

11:43pm Tue 3 Dec 13

molesworth says...

That's 'emptied' with a '?' by the way.
That's 'emptied' with a '?' by the way. molesworth

5:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

juwhite says...

Gill and molesworth please never stop commenting..........
.you two always bring a smile to my face - thank you.

Gill I do agree with your comments about the police and having seen the tragedy over the weekend in Glasgow I can only say that I think all our emergency services do a great job often under very difficult circumstances.

I a not sure but I think the sacks might have a handle or something on them so they could be tied down so that the refuse collectors take the bin bags out of the seagull proof bin to dispose of them. As the seagull proof ones are quite big I think it would be difficult for the men to empty them without doing this. To me anything that stops the mess is a great idea irrelevant of who thought of it. Incidentally molesworth we did have a rubbish bin only for it to get blown down the road and broken during a windy collection day and I have seen this happen to several households. I might be wrong but I seem to remember years ago when the refuse collectors used to come into our garden and actually collect our bins from there but being rather old and senile now I might be wrong!!lol
Gill and molesworth please never stop commenting.......... .you two always bring a smile to my face - thank you. Gill I do agree with your comments about the police and having seen the tragedy over the weekend in Glasgow I can only say that I think all our emergency services do a great job often under very difficult circumstances. I a not sure but I think the sacks might have a handle or something on them so they could be tied down so that the refuse collectors take the bin bags out of the seagull proof bin to dispose of them. As the seagull proof ones are quite big I think it would be difficult for the men to empty them without doing this. To me anything that stops the mess is a great idea irrelevant of who thought of it. Incidentally molesworth we did have a rubbish bin only for it to get blown down the road and broken during a windy collection day and I have seen this happen to several households. I might be wrong but I seem to remember years ago when the refuse collectors used to come into our garden and actually collect our bins from there but being rather old and senile now I might be wrong!!lol juwhite

7:19am Wed 4 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

juwhite wrote:
Gill and molesworth please never stop commenting..........

.you two always bring a smile to my face - thank you.

Gill I do agree with your comments about the police and having seen the tragedy over the weekend in Glasgow I can only say that I think all our emergency services do a great job often under very difficult circumstances.

I a not sure but I think the sacks might have a handle or something on them so they could be tied down so that the refuse collectors take the bin bags out of the seagull proof bin to dispose of them. As the seagull proof ones are quite big I think it would be difficult for the men to empty them without doing this. To me anything that stops the mess is a great idea irrelevant of who thought of it. Incidentally molesworth we did have a rubbish bin only for it to get blown down the road and broken during a windy collection day and I have seen this happen to several households. I might be wrong but I seem to remember years ago when the refuse collectors used to come into our garden and actually collect our bins from there but being rather old and senile now I might be wrong!!lol
Thank you.

Yes I used to have my bin collected from my garden, now I have to put my wheelie bin and recycling bags at the nearest roadside point, the bags often are returned to the furthest roadside point or to the next road or attached to someone's boat. They play at emptying the bags and I then play hunt the empty bags.
[quote][p][bold]juwhite[/bold] wrote: Gill and molesworth please never stop commenting.......... .you two always bring a smile to my face - thank you. Gill I do agree with your comments about the police and having seen the tragedy over the weekend in Glasgow I can only say that I think all our emergency services do a great job often under very difficult circumstances. I a not sure but I think the sacks might have a handle or something on them so they could be tied down so that the refuse collectors take the bin bags out of the seagull proof bin to dispose of them. As the seagull proof ones are quite big I think it would be difficult for the men to empty them without doing this. To me anything that stops the mess is a great idea irrelevant of who thought of it. Incidentally molesworth we did have a rubbish bin only for it to get blown down the road and broken during a windy collection day and I have seen this happen to several households. I might be wrong but I seem to remember years ago when the refuse collectors used to come into our garden and actually collect our bins from there but being rather old and senile now I might be wrong!!lol[/p][/quote]Thank you. Yes I used to have my bin collected from my garden, now I have to put my wheelie bin and recycling bags at the nearest roadside point, the bags often are returned to the furthest roadside point or to the next road or attached to someone's boat. They play at emptying the bags and I then play hunt the empty bags. Gillian Zella Martin 09

6:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ken Helston says...

juwhite wrote:
PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place. Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be.
You're deluded if you think Cllrs don't publicity seek.
[quote][p][bold]juwhite[/bold] wrote: PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place. Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be.[/p][/quote]You're deluded if you think Cllrs don't publicity seek. Ken Helston

6:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Ken Helston wrote:
juwhite wrote:
PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place. Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be.
You're deluded if you think Cllrs don't publicity seek.
juwhite shows no signs of being deluded by the comments she places what so ever.

To state that someone who appears in a news article in the Packet is publicity seeking is illogical in my view, the idea of the Packet is to provide news and town Councillors activities are news, it is a reporters job to seek out news items. What is wrong with having a sense of humour, when Councillor Diana Merrett attracts bad publicity I do not see anyone complaining then about her publicity so why complain when she attracts good publicity, it should work both ways.
[quote][p][bold]Ken Helston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juwhite[/bold] wrote: PR Helston she is not publicity seeking just showing how much you can get in the sack and the strength of them. This enables people to put all their rubbish in one bag which then protects them from the seagulls hence no rubbish left strewn about the place. Gill it is a general problem in Falmouth been a seaside town and having lots of multiple occupancy properties. I would like to see this in every ward in Falmouth supplemented by the councillors but I fear it wont be.[/p][/quote]You're deluded if you think Cllrs don't publicity seek.[/p][/quote]juwhite shows no signs of being deluded by the comments she places what so ever. To state that someone who appears in a news article in the Packet is publicity seeking is illogical in my view, the idea of the Packet is to provide news and town Councillors activities are news, it is a reporters job to seek out news items. What is wrong with having a sense of humour, when Councillor Diana Merrett attracts bad publicity I do not see anyone complaining then about her publicity so why complain when she attracts good publicity, it should work both ways. Gillian Zella Martin 09

10:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

seacom says...

Time to cull the gulls me thinks ?
Time to cull the gulls me thinks ? seacom

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